In 2016, the Tour at NBC Studios reopened. It has been fully revamped (after a two-year hiatus) and is now an engrossing experience, recounting the history of TV and radio through videos and visits to NBC’s major studios, including the set for Saturday Night Live and the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. Best time to go is Saturday morning, so you can see the sets for Saturday Night Live being constructed, the theater where The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon takes place (it’s off limits when Fallon is taping during the week) and watch live as the Today Show is being engineered (visitors get to peer into the glassed-in control rooms. The only hokey part: get ready for audience participation (and then a hard pitch to buy videotapes of yourself acting foolish).
- Pauline Frommer